Oct 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce (97) sits on the bench during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens DT Michael Pierce has torn biceps

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce sustained a biceps tear in Sunday’s victory at New England, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Ongoing tests and evaluations will determine whether he will be able to play again this season, per the report.

Pierce, 29, started the first three games this season and had six tackles, one quarterback hit and a forced fumble.

He signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract and rejoined the Ravens in March after one season with Minnesota. A total of $6.75 million is guaranteed.

Pierce has 177 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries in 71 games (41 starts) for the Ravens (2016-19, 2022) and Vikings (2021).

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens, QB Lamar Jackson fail to reach long-term deal

The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson failed to come to terms on a long-term contract extension.

Jackson’s self-imposed Friday deadline passed without an agreement and he will earn $23 million on his fifth-year option this season, which opens Sunday at the New York Jets.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta confirmed in a statement Friday that the talks failed “despite best efforts on both sides.”

“We greatly appreciate how he has handled this process and we are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way,” DeCosta said. “We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign.”

The Ravens can use the franchise tag on Jackson next offseason if an agreement still can’t be reached.

As a former league MVP, Jackson would seem to warrant a massive deal based on the recent quarterback market.

Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray received a five-year, $230.5 million extension last month with $160 million guaranteed. The Denver Broncos’ Russell Wilson signed a five-year contract extension last week worth a reported $245 million, including $165 million in guaranteed money.

Jackson, 25, is 37-12 as a starter since Baltimore drafted him in the first round in 2018. The two-time Pro Bowl pick and 2019 MVP has passed for 9,967 yards and 84 touchdowns and rushed for 3,673 yards and 21 touchdowns in 58 career games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) throws against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jets to send Joe Flacco up against Ravens in opener

The Baltimore Ravens will face off against their past Sunday, when they open the season against the New York Jets.

Joe Flacco, who led the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in 2013, was named Jets starter at quarterback over the injured Zach Wilson.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be forever linked with Flacco, the team’s first draft pick in Harbaugh’s first year in Baltimore in 2008. Flacco, who was taken 18th overall, then needed a handful of seasons before leading the Ravens to their second title when he was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.

Flacco led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his first five years in Baltimore, ultimately going 10-5 as a starter in six postseason trips.

But in 2018, Flacco injured his hip against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9. It opened the door for then-rookie Lamar Jackson to become the starter. Jackson didn’t relinquish the spot, even when Flacco, the Ravens’ starter for the past 11 seasons, returned to health.

Flacco was traded to the Broncos in 2018, and after stints with the Jets (2020) and Eagles (2021), he signed a one-year, free-agent deal with the Jets this past March.

Flacco, who has never faced Baltimore, replaces Wilson, who returned to practice on Monday for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee that he sustained against the Eagles on Aug. 12.

Jets coach Robert Saleh said Wilson won’t return until a Week 4 game at Pittsburgh at the earliest, meaning Flacco will have an AFC North reunion tour considering the Jets face the Browns and the Bengals before facing the Steelers.

“We’re rolling with Joe,” Saleh said, adding Wilson won’t be placed on injured reserve. “He’s been preparing. He’s frickin’ awesome. I’m really excited for him and his opportunity. Even at 37, I know that it’s in the back of his head. He’s getting the chance to play Baltimore and all these different things.”

In two seasons with New York, Flacco has played in seven games, including five starts, completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,202 yards, nine TD passes and three interceptions.

But Flacco has lost seven straight starts – all five with the Jets and the last two with the Broncos – and hasn’t won as a starter since leading the Broncos over the Titans 16-0 on Oct. 13, 2019.

“We have to defend their offense, and Joe’s ability to play in that offense, and that’s really what we’re looking at,” Harbaugh said. “We talked about it (and) anticipated that Joe would be the guy.”

On Sunday, Flacco will get a showdown with the QB who replaced him in Baltimore. Jackson, the NFL MVP in 2019, will make his much-anticipated return to the lineup since missing the final four games last season following a bone bruise in his right ankle in a Week 13 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

“I’m not going against (Flacco), the defense is,” Jackson said. “I’m going against the Jets’ defense, but he meant a lot (to me).”

The Ravens, who were 8-5 through 13 games, lost their final four games with Tyler Huntley under center and finished 8-9. They missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

Jackson completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,882 yards with 16 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last season. That was in addition to rushing for 767 yards and two scores on 133 carries, but he missed out on gaining 1,000 yards on the ground for the first time in three seasons.

Jackson might not be the only Ravens’ starter returning from injury.

Ronnie Stanley, the team’s All-Pro left tackle who hasn’t played since having ankle surgery after a Week 1 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last season, returned to practice for the first time on Monday. He was limited Wednesday and is expected to be a game-time decision.

Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons, with the Ravens finishing in last place in the AFC North and the Jets dropping five of their last six games to finish 4-13 and in last place in the AFC East.

–Field Level Media

Oct 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe in his nest during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Nevermore: Injured Ravens mascot Poe out for season

The Baltimore Ravens’ mascot Poe will miss the 2022 NFL season with a drumstick injury.

Tongue firmly in cheek, Ravens coach John Harbaugh made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday.

“Poe is going to be put on injured reserve for the rest of the season. He’s going to be done,” Harbaugh said. “Unfortunately he sustained a serious injury to his drumstick and he will not be able to perform for the rest of the season.”

Poe was injured during Baltimore’s preseason finale Saturday night against the Washington Commanders.

During a youth football game played at halftime, the mascot was hit from behind by one of the players. He had to be carted off the field with his left leg immobilized.

Instead of saying “nevermore,” Harbaugh said the search is on for a new mascot with the start of the season just 10 days away.

“We will find a replacement,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to go to work on that right away. We’re going to turn over every stone, scour everywhere and find his replacement. We’re going to get right into evaluating our options and see where we go next and see if we can find somebody to replace Poe.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 20, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake (23) runs against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens signing veteran RB Kenyan Drake

The Baltimore Ravens plan to sign veteran running back Kenyan Drake, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Drake, 28, will visit the Ravens and undergo a physical exam Tuesday, one week after being cut by the Las Vegas Raiders.

He missed the Raiders’ final five games in 2021 with a broken right ankle after gaining 545 yards from scrimmage with three touchdowns in 12 games (two starts).

Baltimore has question marks in the backfield heading into the Sept. 11 season opener at the New York Jets.

Starter J.K. Dobbins is coming back from a torn ACL and backup Gus Edwards will miss at least the first four games with a knee injury.

The Raiders absorbed a $3.6 million salary cap hit this year and a $4.4 million hit in 2023 by releasing Drake, who signed a two-year, $11 million deal in March 2021.

Drake has rushed for 3,384 yards and 29 touchdowns and has 199 catches for 1,535 yards and seven scores in 89 games (39 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2016-19), Arizona Cardinals (2019-20) and Raiders. Miami drafted him in the third round in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) reacts following his touchdown carry in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: RB Melvin Gordon in talks with Ravens

Free agent running back Melvin Gordon is in talks with the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Network reported Friday.

Gordon, who turns 29 next week, gained 1,131 yards from scrimmage and scored 10 touchdowns in 16 starts last season for the Denver Broncos.

Gordon is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with 6,144 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns in 98 games (88 starts) with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2015-19) and Broncos.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been the Ravens’ leading rusher in each of the past three seasons, including 767 yards on the ground in 2021.

–Field Level Media

May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin (80) catches a pass during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens looking to trade WR Miles Boykin

The Baltimore Ravens are seeking a trade partner for wide receiver Miles Boykin, CBS Sports reported Thursday.

The 2019 third-round draft pick is due $2.54 million on the final year of his rookie contract in 2022.

Boykin, 25, caught only one pass for 6 yards while playing 35 offensive snaps in eight games last season. He played 144 snaps on special teams.

He has 33 catches (on 56 targets) for 470 yards and seven touchdowns in 40 games (24 starts) through three seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2021; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) practices at the Under Amour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday morning.

The Ravens put wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Chris Westry on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

They will all miss Sunday’s game between the host Ravens (8-5) and the Green Bay Packers (10-3).

Smith, 33, was inactive for last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns due to the birth of his child.

Smith has nine tackles and three passes defensed in eight games this season. He has 14 interceptions in 126 games (88 starts) with the Ravens since they drafted him in the first round in 2011.

The Ravens activated defensive back Mazzi Wilkins from the practice squad in a corresponding move Sunday.

–Field Level Media